Dubbed ‘The Tree of Life’ by the Pacific Islanders Coconut has long been used in traditional medicine for health benefits both internally and externally. More recently it’s had resurgence in health circles in Western Society and is slowly becoming mainstream. There are 4 ways Coconut is used, water, milk, flesh and oil.
Coconut Water is more hydrating than plain water, has a slightly sweet taste and is full of electrolytes, so a great alternative to sports drinks.
Coconut milk is a great alternative to cow’s milk as it is easier to digest and full of omega 3’s. It’s also very healing to the digestive system if you suffer IBS, Crohn’s disease or other digestive disorders. Full of manganese, potassium, vitamin C, iron and zinc, all of which reduce inflammation, build strong bones and fight cancer. It’s also more filling than normal milk so you eat less.
Coconut flesh can be eaten fresh or dried and is a super food. It also provides an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre, promotes, sustains and restores health.
Coconut Oil, famed as the new cooking oil, has been described as the healthiest oil on earth. This is because it’s a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA). Our bodies respond to and metabolize each fatty acid differently depending on its size. So the physiological effects of MCFA in coconut oil are distinctly different from those of long fatty acid chains (LCFA) more commonly found in our foods. The saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are predominately medium-chain fatty acids. Both the saturated and unsaturated fat found in meat, milk, eggs, and plants (including most all vegetable oils) are composed of LCFA. MCFA are very different from LCFA. They do not have a negative effect on cholesterol and help to protect against heart disease. MCFA help to lower the risk of both atherosclerosis and heart disease. It is primarily due to the MCFA in coconut oil that makes it so special and so beneficial.
So that’s the inside. On the outside all these vitamins and minerals explained also benefit skin, hair and nails, by supporting cell growth and structure and nurturing the system. Coconut benefits to the skin:
- It is anti-viral, anti-fungal and antibacterial, making it suitable even for acne skin.
- The oil is absorbed into the skin and into the cell structure of the connective tissues, limiting the damage excessive sun exposure can cause.
- It’s ideal relief for dry, rough and wrinkled skin. Psoriasis and eczema sufferers often see great improvements.
- Prevents destructive free-radical formation and provides protection against them.
- Help to keep the skin from developing liver spots, and other blemishes caused by aging and over exposure to sunlight.
- Helps to keep connective tissues strong and supple.
There are several products in Eminence that use pure coconut oil, flesh and milk. Shop below: